Creativity in Artistic Education: Introducing Artists into Primary Schools

Free De Backer, Koen Lombaerts, Tom De Mette, Tine Buffel, Willem Elias

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

803 Downloads (Pure)


Despite a more prominent role of arts education in the school curriculum, artistic creativity does not occur to a great extent in primary school practice. More opportunities for teachers to strengthen their know-how in the field of artistic creativity can therefore be considered important. Arts education projects focus on pupils' development of creativity by means of introducing artists with their divergent working methods into primary schools. Beside fostering pupils' creative openness and skills, arts education organisations aim to transfer artistic enthusiasm to teachers in each project. Collaboration with artists can encourage teachers' artistic creative work. New working methods, techniques or ways of experimenting are more likely to be adopted in daily teaching practice when the project duration consists of several years. However, most projects are short-lived and the means for a long-term project policy are limited. Consequently, results in the area of sustainable outcomes concerning artistic creative work with teachers are limited. To create a long-term view, the availability of financial resources is an important condition in order to realise a mentality change towards artistic creativity in education. Finally, continuing debate with several participants about making artistic creative work sustainable remains necessary. © 2012 The Authors. iJADE © 2012 NSEAD/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Art and Design Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Artistic creativity
  • Artists
  • Arts education
  • Primary schools


Dive into the research topics of 'Creativity in Artistic Education: Introducing Artists into Primary Schools'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this